"El Chapo" Found Guilty On 10 Counts In New York Trial

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New York's Brooklyn Bridge partly closed-off while El Chapo was transported from his prison cell in Manhattan to the courtroom for hearings.

A grand jury in New York City found Mexican drug cartel kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman guilty on all counts; setting the stage for a high-stakes sentencing hearing that could send the worldwide criminal to prison for the rest of his life.

Guzman's wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, leaves Brooklyn federal court on January 17 after attending the trial.

He could face life behind bars in a maximum security US prison.

El Chapo escaped from Mexican prisons twice, but was recaptured in 2016, and extradited to the U.S. in January 2017.

Guzman leaned back in his chair Tuesday to catch the eye of his wife, who gave him a subtle thumbs-up, when the jury was discharged from a federal courthouse in Brooklyn.

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A defense attorney for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman says the notorious drug lord's conviction will be appealed.

A jury whose members' identities were kept secret reached a verdict after deliberating six days in the expansive case, sorting through what authorities called an "avalanche" of evidence gathered since the late 1980s that Guzman and his murderous Sinaloa drug cartel made billions in profits by smuggling tons of cocaine, heroin, meth and marijuana into the U.S.

U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan lauded the jury's meticulous attention to detail and the "remarkable" approach it took toward deliberations.

The defense's strategy centered on attacking the credibility of the cooperating witnesses - former secretaries, pilots, cocaine suppliers, Guzman's top trafficker in the United States, a manager, an accountant, a former communications chief, and even a former lover. Many described Guzman's willingness to use violence against enemies of a cartel that prosecutors say smuggled at least 181 metric tons of cocaine into the U.S. over two decades.

During the verdict, Guzman, whose nickname "El Chapo" means "shorty", appeared emotionless, according to reports.

The defence accused prosecution cooperators of making him a scapegoat for their own crimes.

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